New Delhi: Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi, who has been on a sit in protest demanding justice for the farmers in Greater Noida, has been arrested by Uttar Pradesh police just before midnight on Wednesday.
According to a person familiar with the development Gandhi has been taken to an unknown location.
“Rahul Gandhi has been arrested under Sec 151 CrPC and will be presented before a Sub-Divisional Magistrate tomorrow (on Thursday),” Inspector General of Police (Meerut Range) Rajnikant Mishra said.
Gandhi’s arrest was marked by high drama as a huge posse of UP police descended on the village as the Congress leader prepared to spend the night at a farmer’s home.
Sporadic sloganeering continued throughout the late evening hours and reached a crescendo as police arrested Gandhi, a SPG protectee, and other Congress leaders.
Congress promptly attacked state chief minister Mayawati for Gandhi’s arrest with AICC general secretary Janardan Dwivedi saying UP has witnessed “the cruellest rule of several imperialistic regimes”.
“UP government’s action in arresting Rahul Gandhi proves that Mayawati is digging her own grave,” Dwivedi said.
Gandhi reached Bhatta -Parsaul villages in the wee hours on Wednesday, met with farmers who have been agitating against land acquisition for Yamuna Expressway. The agitation has tuned violent earlier in the week and led to killing of four people including two policemen.
The congress general secretary has demanded a judicial inquiry into the incidents and asked the state government to meet the demands of the farmers.
The Amethi MP also said he felt ashamed of being an Indian after seeing the plights of the farmers there.
“I feel ashamed to call myself Indian after seeing what has happened here. The (state) government here has unleashed atrocities on its own people,” he told the farmers.
PTI and AP also contributed to the story.